I. This Sunday in Church
Bible Readings for This Sunday (July 3)
Sermons for This Sunday (July 3)
3. From Malankara World Journal Archives
II. Lectionary Reflections
The Most Serious Sin in One's Life
The hardest sin indeed is that which sticks to a person more than skin to flesh.
It becomes like part of his nature and character. It may turn into a psychic
disease within him causing other perhaps incurable diseases, whether ethical or
Five Biblical Lists of Mortal Sins
I want to post five biblical lists of the more serious sins that exclude one
from the kingdom of God. Saying that these are sins that "exclude one from
the kingdom of heaven" is the biblical way of saying they are mortal sins.
Why God Chooses Splendid Sinners and Lovable Losers
During a radio interview I was asked why so many of the heroes of the Bible
had serious flaws. My answer was simple. That's all God has to work with.
All the perfect people are in heaven. The only ones on earth are the folks
with serious weaknesses. The talent pool has always been pretty thin when it
comes to moral perfection. So God works with sinners because that's all he
has to work with. ...
III. Featured Articles
God, Freedom, and the Fourth of July
These national holidays bring out our deepest feelings of gratitude and love
for our land, and hopefulness. They are not just celebrations of geography
or opportunities for flag-waving; they are also occasions for reflection and
even confession of the dissonance between reality and aspiration in our
national life. ...
To people for whom oppression was very real, Jesus offered a radical kind of
personal freedom in the midst of their ongoing oppression. He offered to set
them free from their bondage to sin, free to exercise their birthright of a
life of service to an emancipating God. ...
IV. General Weekly Features
Recipe: Loaded Potato Salad
bacon, shredded cheddar, green onions and more come together to give you all
the richness of restaurant potato skins at your next picnic....
12 Things Every Dad Should Say to His Kids
Dads. One of the most important relationships in this life, because it wields
such power to shape and influence what we believe about who God is. A loving
father can point us directly to the love of God our Heavenly Father, so clearly
and directly. ...
The Value of Salt
At the end of His beatitudes, Jesus stated that His followers were to be
salt and light in the world. Salt was highly valued in the ancient world for
four special qualities. ....
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